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 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series - Paul Spoonley

Tai Tokerau Speaker Series - Professor Paul Spoonley.
Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Helen Pengelly, Events Coordinator, University of Auckland +64 9 373 7999 ext 48616 or email

​The University of Auckland and the Royal Society Te Apārangi presents the 2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series

Free public lecture and networking opportunity.

Professor Paul Spoonley

PVC Social Sciences, Massey University.

Diversity and implications for the new New Zealand

For much of the past 150 years, the majority of New Zealand immigrants came from the UK and Ireland. In the 1960s, New Zealand’s connections with the Pacific grew as migrants arrived from various Pacific islands. But in 1986 and 1987, the then Labour Government changed New Zealand’s immigration policies. The result was immigration from non-traditional countries, often in Asia. Since the end of the Global Financial Crisis (2012), immigration flows to New Zealand have been the highest in the OCED. New Zealand, and especially Auckland, are now described as superdiverse. In the next 20 years, Asian communities will grow from 12% of New Zealand’s population to 22%. These immigrants have been critical in meeting skill shortages and are increasingly important to population growth given the ageing of New Zealand. What are the issues? What does the future look like for New Zealand? What does it mean to be a New Zealander in the 21st century?

Professor Paul Spoonley

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. He has been involved in some major research projects on immigration and diversity in New Zealand, including Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (2014-2020). He is the author or editor of 27 books ranging from political extremism to the nature of work and he was Ranginui Walker’s biographer (Mata Toa, Penguin). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.

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2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series Programme

The Joint Series between the Royal Society Te Apārangi and University of Auckland arose out of an Advisory Board meeting for the National Lifecourse Research Centre, chaired by Professor Richard (Dick) Bedford and of which Professor Cindy Kiro, Director - Tai Tokerau Campus, is a member. Professor Richie Poulton is Co-Director of this Centre.

Professor Kiro spoke to them both about her hopes of being able to take the amazing learning captured in tertiary institutions and make this more accessible to communities and in particular to do this for Tai Tokerau. They all thought it was a great opportunity and that given their central role in the Royal Society (Dick is the current President), this was an opportunity for both organisations to do something together.

It was agreed that 2018 being a census year, the emerging theme of speakers would be around "people and place". We will continue to webcast and promote the series in our partnership with Whangarei Libraries, who have been such strong supporters of the Tai Tokerau Speakers Series in 2017.

2018 will be an exciting series with the possibility of perhaps a more interactive panel based format for speakers with even more diverse members of the community.

14 March 2018

Professor Richard Bedford | Emeritus Professor, University of Waikato and Auckland University of Technology President, Royal Society Te Apārangi
People and Place

11 April 2018

Professor Richie Poulton | Director Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study and Chief Science Advisor MSD.
The science of well-being for children and young people

20 June 2018

Professor Tahu Kukutai | Director of National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
Census and Māori implications for our future

View previous 2017 and 2018 lectures

 Speaker Series webcast catalogue


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